Treasurer launches fresh attack on Qld Premier over border closures

The Federal Treasurer has again lashed out at the Queensland Premier, over issues around the border closures.

Josh Frydenberg has called for a ‘please explain’ after hundreds of AFL officials and their families were allowed into the state earlier this week.

It comes after a number of reports of people in northern New South Wales missing out on vital treatments and appointments due to the closures in place.


The Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk this week confirmed that the current border closures, which keep out New South Wales, the ACT and Victoria from the Sunshine State, will stay in place for at least the month of September.

That same day, hundreds of AFL officials and their families from Melbourne flew into the state ahead of the end of the AFL season, which is largely being played in Queensland.

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Josh Frydenberg told The Today Show that it’s a massive contradiction by the Queensland Premier, and she needs to explain herself.

“It’s just not on that a young woman can lose an unborn child because of confusion at the borders. 

“It is just not on, as we have heard overnight, that a grandmother of seven who is recovering from brain surgery is unable to quarantine and isolate in her Queensland home but is forced to do so in a hotel, and at the same time footy officials can go down to their hotel bar as they so-called quarantine in Queensland.

“It seems double standards on our borders,” the Treasurer said.

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So much speculation over so many issues. We are not all stupid. Moat of us understand and are digusted at the political point scoring. Stop it, work together and get us out of this. This is what you are paid to do. In my humble opinion borders need to be closed to keep us all safe and to enable the States that are doing better to support those that are in trouble. In saying that we also need a common sense approach to border closures. We also need the media to stop sensationalising and misreporting issues. Lets all work together snd get this done.

I agree this is about saving lives and if the federal treasure doesn’t want to understand this then he isn’t welcome in our state of Queensland which is May add has a booming economy due to closed borders which has kept COVID out.

Yes now the borders are open to all those wearing an AFL jersey and set of golf clubs.
Straight through to the Gold Coast.

Why do you think the premier allowed the AFL teams into Queensland just so she can get a grandfinal for Brisbane. It is all about Brisbane and herself.

Damned if you do and damned if you don’t. These people have been allowed in, in line with current border restrictions. The AFL bosses and families can afford to pay for their accommodation and are expected to quarantine for the required period, let’s hope they are made to comply.

The Queensland and Vic economies will both benefit from this. Jobs will be created. Why not Queensland or in fact any other State that is capable of holding the grand final. In these tough times we really do need to learn to work together, anything else is un Australian.

Really bored with certain government ministers undermining the solid work being done by scientists, the residents and leaders of the states. They know they are doing it. Stop it.